Dinner For One

Guess who’s on Spring Break? This girl!

Since I have five days to relax (read: study like it’s my job), I figure I will challenge myself and meal plan this week since my schedule is not so chaotic and I actually have time to cook at home! Let’s see how well I do by next monday.

After volunteering at the hospital today, I made a trip to Trader Joe’s to buy food for a week. My late New Year’s resolution is to be a smarter shopper. I’m looking in to CSAs in my area, anyone have any experiences they would like to share?

My wallet is weeping and I feel like I didn’t get anything. This is what $80 looks like in tangible goods:

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Wish I bought more veggies and fruit, however, I honestly am not a fan of Trader Joe’s produce. I might make a mid-week stop at Rainbow for some greens. And one of the best ways to get some fruit is to have a fruit tree in your garden and you can even buy fruit trees online which makes getting them into your garden easy. So this gives a great supply of fresh fruit and you also get extra exercise picking it!

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Also trying to cut down on meat intake, so this shopping trip will be my only time buying meat protein for the week (at home, eating out is another story).

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Slowly realizing that there are a lot more snacks than I planned for.

The reason for my title is not because I am newly single. Chi will be closing the restaurant three days this week, leaving me to cook for one. I’m thinking that’s why I subconsciously added so many easy snacks to my cart, making a huge extravagant meal doesn’t sound appealing when you’re only making one portion. Just give me the benefit of the doubt. 🙂

Breakfast

  • Smoothie (bananas, strawberries, raspberries, spinach, almond milk and chia seeds)
  • Yogurt parfait (Fage yogurt, strawberries, raspberries and granola)
  • Apples with nut butter (Almond, peanut, sunflower butter)
  • Cereal and almond milk w/ bananas.
  • Banana Bread Oatmeal

Lunch

  • Flatbread Sandwich (w/ tomato, avocado, spinach and mozzarella)
  • T’s Salad (w/ spring mix, mushroom, raw onion, tomato, jalapeño and cucumber)
  • Pasta (w/ pesto, capers, pine nuts and artichoke)
  • Toma tacos
  • Omelette (w/ eggs, potatoes, mushrooms and avocado)

Dinner

  • Steak, red roasted potatoes and kale & mushroom salad
  • Bell Peppers stuffed (w/ turkey) (recipe coming soon!)
  • Chicken breast (w/ sweet potato and a side salad)
  • Flatbread pizza
  • Blue Barn, maybe?

Snacks

  • Pita chips/baked flatbread with homemade hummus
  • Handful of nuts
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Dark chocolate
  • Chocolate chip cookies or ice cream if I’m a good girl 🙂

Phew! That list definitely seems doable, and planning everything out ensures that I won’t let my produce rot away in the fridge (which does happen sometimes, sadly!) I hate throwing away food.

I also got my hair done last week! My friend, who lives in Santa Barbara, drove up to visit her boyfriend (who is my boyfriend’s uncle, but a year younger. Did I confuse you yet?). She helped me fix an unfortunate out-of-nowhere streak in the back of my hair and added subtle ombré to the bottom. I really wanted it to still look natural and not too blonde.

Awkward smile on three! 1..2..

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What are you planning to eat for the week? Any good tips on how to budget the groceries better?

A Rare Day Off

Sidenote: I noticed how much I have been eating out, so I put together a Restaurants page in the menu. Check it out!

This past Saturday has been very productive (read: expensive). I usually never have a Saturday off, which means I haven’t had the chance to experience the Ferry Plaza’s Farmers Market in the Embarcadero.

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Abby and I really got lucky with the weather, it was forecasted to rain but all we got was blue skies and sun! We got there around 10:30a and started our shopping and browsing at the knick-knack section. These flattened alcohol bottles caught my eye and we ended up buying 3 of them for $20. I have no idea what what I’m going to do with mine, or where I will place it; I somehow always manage to impulse buy. Which one do you think I bought? Hint: It’s green!

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After dabbling around at the other booths, we walked to the proper Farmers Market in front of the Ferry Building.

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The first booth was selling these beautiful tulips. I was going back and forth between picking up a bunch, but decided against it. Abby bought some in a really pretty coral/salmon color.

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These colorful bunches of Swiss Chard grabbed my attention, and the price wasn’t too bad either! I bought a head of Swiss Chard and Kale for $2 each. I also bought a pound of Brussel Sprouts for $5 from another vendor.

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We were already hungry, so we headed into the Ferry Building in search of something to eat. This trumpet playing boy had so much character! He was wooing the crowd with his dancing.

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There wasn’t that many sit down restaurants, but I did spot this mushroom stand. I love mushrooms, so I definitely appreciated all the different ones available. I will come back for the Chanterelles when I have a chance.

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Brunch on a Saturday in San Francisco is a dangerous game to play. Everywhere that is worth it or popular has a 40+ minute wait, so it’s hard to make a decision. Based on a friend’s recommendation, we tried out Olea in Nob Hill.

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Olea boasts it’s use of local, fresh produce and sustainable meat and I think it really shows in the menu. Yelp’s general consensus was to try the french toast, so we obliged. Their “french toast” is made with challah custard toast, with korintji cinnamon sugar that’s topped with fresh Mc Ginnis Farms apples. It was absolutely divine, possibly the best french toast I ever had.

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We also shared the migas con huevos: soft scrambled eggs with roasted pork tenderloin, tortilla chips, swiss chard and a drizzle of pepper/peanuts sauce and sesame seeds with a side of crostini. I found the sauce to be very interesting, more sweet then I thought it would be.

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After filling up, we walked across the street to Trader Joe’s and stocked up for the week. These veggies/fruits are included in my stable diet, and I usually buy these every week.

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The meats and pasta I get once in a blue moon. The ground beef was for Sunday dinner and I have plans for a eggs and sausage breakfast sometime this week. I also like to get one frozen pizza for my lazy dinner, and add mushrooms or sausages to spice it up.

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The blogging world seems to have an obsession with sunflower butter, so I grabbed one to try.

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These are the veggies I purchased at the Farmer’s Market (forgot to include the brussel sprouts). I also grabbed a jar of almond butter, it’s going to taste so good on my rice cakes; I can already imagine it.

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I finished unpacking around 3:30p, and just relaxed the rest of the day after a short nap. Chi had to work all night, so I stayed home and watched a movie. Now I’m off to find a tasty recipe on how to cook my brussel sprouts. Any suggestions? 🙂

What are your weekly food staples? Are you a peanut butter or almond butter lover?